Week in Review – 17 September 2017

I posted on Twitter and on my other blog which I’ve now retired, that I would be gradually bringing this one to a close. The response I received, honestly amazed me. Not just the comments on that post, but private messages and emails as well. Thank you to everyone who contacted me, the kind and encouraging words. Also, ironically, the stats on this blog started to go up, and on Friday I received one of those WordPress notifications you occasionally get to tell me my stats were “booming” …go figure!

A couple of people I had some lovely conversations with, they helped me work through what my actual issues are with this blog. Most importantly that I’m spending 4-5 hours a day working on this blog, that my stats had been dwindling to less than 50 visitors per day, when six months ago I was getting several hundred, I’ve invested money in giveaways and not one person has entered them.

The decision I’ve made on the back of my discussions is to transition this into a reviews only blog, and reduce the amount I’m posting. I will keep The Bookshelf, which is still my most popular feature, and this week in review post which I will alter slightly once I’ve worked out a better format.

I have commitments with blog tours and book blitzes between now and January which I will honour so things probably won’t change much before then, but afterwards, I will only do tours with reviews and not loads of them so I’m not quite so overwhelmed.

Anyway, thank you to everyone who contacted me, I really have felt completely deflated by all of this recently and I wasn’t expecting so much support from people when I made the decision to quit. Hopefully this revised decision will alleviate some of the stress.

Finally, don’t forget to vote in my TBR Topple poll if you haven’t already. I will be picking the winner on Wednesday!

To the update…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post


This week I reviewed Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning, Spring by Lele Iturrioz, Tipping Point by Terry Tyler, and Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters.

Other Posts

Music Monday saw me post a live video this week, something acoustic and a bit more soulful. I have an excerpt from Falling For You by Charlotte Blake. This week on The Bookshelf I had Joanne from Potobello Book Blog.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

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I'm BrizzleLass, I have Bipolar and have been dealing with mental illness in one form or another since childhood, I was first diagnosed with depression at nine. It's not easy speaking out about my experiences, some of them are extremely painful, but if I can help even one person then I have succeeded in sharing my story. This is where I talk about my mental health among other things that interest me. I enjoy walking, PlayStation, reading, heavy metal, and spending time with my Niece.

17 thoughts on “Week in Review – 17 September 2017”

  1. Hi Claire I’m so pleased you have decided to keep the blog, I felt like this a few months back but like you I compromised I don’t post so much and hardly do any blog tours and it’s certainly made things less demanding. The days I don’t post I keep well away from social media and don’t share posts or read any and use that time to read more. I love your blog so I’m so pleased it’s going to stay x x


    1. Thanks so much Lorraine. I’ve already pulled back from social media and sharing. I feel bad as I want to be share people’s posts but I have to look after my own sanity first and foremost! I think more and more of us are feeling like this so things are going to be changing across the board I would think.


  2. So glad you won’t be disappearing, Claire. I know it can get too much sometimes. I’ve just had a few days away with no internet – bliss 😄 I’m not taking on as many reviews either, I wasn’t able to read my own books very often.


  3. I’m relieved you have come to a compromise that you are happy with. While I would hate to see the blog disappear I fully understand the need to prioritise the things that allow for peace of mind and regain some pleasure from reading. As always lovely lady you know where I am ❤ x


  4. Whoa! That was a shock. Take a break if you like but never think about totally disappearing. What I have learned in less time is stats works in funny way here so don’t look at it and be happy with your work. I like to read your reviews and posts about books. 🙂

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  5. Oh I am thankful I missed the original post or I might have had to add heart attack/broken heart to my list of symptoms! I know my time and ability to be here in the blogosphere is greatly limited, but I simply could not imagine it without you. I hope the upcoming changes allow you to remain present but receive the balance you need. I know just how challenging it can be. Sending all of my love to you! ❤

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